Construction (Civil & Structural Engineering)

Construction (Civil & Structural Engineering)

From designing, construction and maintaining the physical built environment such as roads, dams and canals to ensuring we have power for our homes and clean water to drink, civil engineers are involved in all aspects of our lives. Civil Engineers could be developing an innovative way to recycle waste or be tunnelling under the road of cities or surveying projects for the latest stadium or ancient monument.

Research by the Construction Skills Network (LMI) has found that the UK needs an extra 1270 civil engineers every year between 2016 and 2020.

Below are few things to consider:

  • Think about other areas within the sector such as highways engineer, water/waste engineer, site engineer and building surveying. Use the Getting started links below to research other career options with civil engineering.
  • Big and small companies employ civil engineers but titles can vary. Don’t dismiss the term ‘technician’ out of hand.  Always read the job description.
  • If applying for employment please remember to ‘target’ you CV/application to the job you are applying to. Try to avoid sending generic CVs to employers.
  • Choices for third or fourth year civil engineers can often revolve around whether to go into to employment or continue with study. Talk to your careers adviser, research the job market using the links below and talk to your tutors and supervisors.

Work experience

Work experience could be a placement year or summer placements. This has now become vital as more and more employers start to look at work experience and employability skills. This can be undertaken in large and small companies and in the public sector. Many graduate recruiters will offer industrial placements or summer internships. Apply for these early; many have deadlines between October and January.

Ensure you see your placement tutor and check departmental notice boards on a regular basis as some placement opportunities will be posted there, then use the links below.

Should I do a postgraduate course?

This depends on what you want to do with your degree re incorporated or chartered status and the type of degree you graduate with i.e. BEng or MEng. You need to think about what postgraduate study will add to your employability profile in terms of the labour market and weigh this against the cost and time it will need to complete.

The route to Chartered status

Graduate engineers tend to aim for either incorporated (IEng) or chartered (CEng) engineer status. Incorporated status is usually quicker to gain than chartered – it may also be possible to move on to becoming chartered after gaining incorporated status first.

Professional institutions who grant professional qualifications include the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers; as well as specialist institutions, such as the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).

Engineering Chartered route diagram









Always check with the appropriate professional institution/body to ensure that you have the information you need to make an informed decision.

Local events

Careers & Employability organises many events throughout the year providing you with the opportunity to meet relevant employers. Check our events calendar here or in your Careers Account and notice boards in your department (the careers noticeboard is on Trevithick Bridge) to find out who has arranged forthcoming visits.

Cardiff STEM Careers Fair in October, held every November, is an excellent opportunity to meet industry professionals.

Related links

Use the links below to start your research into the reality of both careers, postgraduate options and job opportunities. Check out our top picks .

Getting started

Current construction sector news, as well as job vacancies and careers information:

Professional bodies

Employers and vacancy sources

Companies who have employed Cardiff University Civil Engineering Students include:

  • Alstom Grid, AECOM, AMEC, Amey Consulting, Arup, Atkins, Atmos, ATR, Bachy Soletanche, BAM Nuttall, Bam Richies, Bechtel, Bersche Rolt (structural), Bilfinger, Birse Rail, CAN Geotechnical, Capita, Ciria, Conrad Consulting, Coriolis Energy, Cormac, Dawnus Construction, Dean & Dyball, Earth Stream, Eden Brown, Flint & Neill Ltd, Forkers Ltd, G24 Innovations Ltd, Gladman Developments, Glanville Projects, Gwynedd Consultancy, Halcrow, Highways Agency, Hochtief, Honeywell, HUMES, Hyder Energy, Iesis, JDL, Keller Ground Engineering, Kier Construction, KTP Consultants, Laing O’Rourke, Lloyd’s Register, Magnox Ltd, Modulas, Mott MacDonald, Murphy & Dragados, Network Rail, NHS, Nicholls Colston Group, Opus, Pick Everard, PwC, Robert McAlpine, Royal Haskoning, Schlumberger, Tata Steel, Vinci

Jobs boards and agencies: